Bashar Al-Assad

Syria's Crazy Campaign to Lure Tourists
May 28, 2014

Half the country is displaced, and historic sites turned to rubble, but Bashar al-Assad has launched a tourism campaign.

Fear of a Worst-Case Scenario Has Screwed Our Syria Policy
December 12, 2013

Imagine the following scenario: the United States sends huge quantities of heavy military equipment to Syrian rebels. The rebels use that equipment and overthrow Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical regime in Damascus.

This Syria Resolution Is As Good As It Gets
September 29, 2013

On Friday night, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted into being a resolution they floated 24 hours earlier to great acclaim.

Worldwide Mustache Expert Weighs in on Assad's Upper Lip
September 11, 2013

Bashar al Assad shares something in common with Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco, Augusto Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, and Robert Mugabe. They all sported distinctive mustaches.

Is Assad Goading Obama?
August 26, 2013

The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.

The Assad Loyalists who Might Still Crack
August 23, 2013

The regime's cadres have held together through two years of war, and they will likely continue doing so unless Washington and its allies present them with a stark choice: leave and live, or stay and die.

What Will Secretary of State John Kerry's Foreign Policy Look Like?
December 17, 2012

A roundup of Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy stances, including a little bit of dirty laundry.

Recognizing Disaster: Please, Mr. President, Don’t Intervene in Syria
December 14, 2012

When it comes to the grueling civil war in Syria, it's been a while since the relevant question was whether the regime of Bashar Assad would fall. It's only a matter of time until it does. The more pressing policy choice has been whether the United States would actively hasten its demise.

A Middle East Cheat Sheet For Monday's Foreign Policy Debate
October 19, 2012

A dozen Middle East-related questions Bob Schieffer should ask the candidates.

Turkey's Prime Minister Wants War in Syria. Turks Don't.
October 18, 2012

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks tough when it comes to Syria -- and Turkish liberals are pushing back.